WHC Conservation Program Checklist

The following are recommended steps for starting and maintaining a corporate conservation program.

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  1. Define conservation and education objectives
    Identify the conservation and/or education objectives your team would like to achieve through the program. Identify stakeholder audiences and how they will benefit from participating in the program.
  2. Evaluate resources
    Identify the financial and human resources available for program implementation and long-term maintenance. The resources available will guide the scope and scale of the projects selected.
  3. Establish a formal team
    Recruit a minimum of two other employees to support the team leader, and establish divisions of labor, e.g., partner outreach, habitat maintenance and monitoring, volunteer recruitment. Team members can be from multiple departments.
  4. Get to know your habitat
    Familiarize yourself with the habitats and ecological features of the site, e.g., acreage of each habitat type, neighboring land uses, common plant and wildlife species. This can be done with the help of WHC or a local partner.
  1. Select initial projects
    Select one or two initial projects that are suited to your team’s objectives and resources. Consult with stakeholders, potential partners, and WHC on appropriate projects.
  2. Seek partnerships
    Identify and connect with at least one outside partner that could support the projects prior to implementing a program.
  3. Schedule events and allocate resources
    Schedule events or tasks, e.g., plantings, species inventories, and meetings, to be performed by the site team for project establishment and maintenance during the first year.
  4. Implement projects
    Establish projects on the ground by installing plantings or habitat structures, collecting data, or by hosting an outreach or education event.
  1. Schedule regular meetings
    Meet at least quarterly to evaluate progress and make decisions for future management, including whether to expand the program with new projects.
  2. Establish a long-term plan
    Create a three-year maintenance budget and plan for the program, an important step in ensuring the program’s longevity.
  3. Conduct regular project monitoring and maintenance
    Define responsibilities of each team member for continued maintenance and monitoring at the beginning of each year. Document project outcomes as monitoring and maintenance are performed, such as through submitting data for WHC Conservation Certification.
  4. Evaluate program progress annually
    Schedule annual meetings of all departments involved (may include community/public relations, environmental health & safety, operations, management, or corporate leadership) to evaluate all active projects and increase program awareness and communication.
  1. Apply for WHC Conservation Certification
    Compile and enter all project information into the online platform and submit for certification when ready.
  2. Publicize certified programs
    Leverage the achievement of WHC Conservation Certification and your program’s outcomes by sharing success stories with stakeholders and media.

Need help on how to do any of the above? We’re happy to assist. Contact WHC.